Wayne Tormala Gives a Prostate Cancer Update

September 26, 2012

Dear friends,

Back in early February, I announced that I had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and that I had decided to take a public stance with regards to my diagnosis, the course of my treatment, and the eventual outcomes.  This decision would hopefully help leverage my new-found status as a testimony to the importance of screening, timely detection, and disease management.


In consort with KTAR and the Arizona Diamondbacks, we launched a personal blog at www.prostatepledge.com   encouraging Arizona men to make a pledge to get their prostate exam and be eligible to win private suites at an Arizona Diamondbacks games.  To date over 3000 men have taken the prostate pledge. In addition, we received considerable media coverage, spoke at prostate cancer awareness events, and highlighted prostate cancer during National Men’s Health Week in June.


At this time, I’m very pleased to announce that my follow-up prostate tests have indicated that my treatment was a resounding success!   I have been symptom-free, and experienced only minimal fatigue during the course of my nine weeks of treatment.


Please know that I have appreciated the support and kind messages from folks who have known about my circumstance.  Also, it has been most rewarding to receive many messages from men and women across Arizona testifying to their personal decisions to get screened, support their loved ones, and spread the word about the ease of testing and range of treatment options for those who detect cancer.  Indeed, we achieved an impact far beyond the 3,000+  people who made the official pledge.


Together, we are living proof that life’s challenges can not only be met, but can make us even stronger.


Best to you,



BTCD Announces 2012 Most Valuable Partner Awards

September 26, 2012

At it’s Fall Partner meeting, September 25th, the Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease bestowed its annual Most Valuable Awards on those county programs who showed outstanding work in one of the 7 program areas of the Bureau.

The awards were broken into Awards of Excellence, Awards of Achievement and Awards of Merit.  Additionally one large county, one midsize county and one small county earned “Partner of the Year” honors.  The winners were:

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County considers ban on smoking

September 25, 2012

September 18, 2012 12:00 am  •  Hannah Gaber For The Arizona Daily Star

Pima County employees might soon have good reason to take a smoking break – or more accurately, take a break from smoking.

If the Board of Supervisors agrees later this year, smoking will be forbidden on or near any properties owned or operated by the county. The gathering of workers – and accompanying blue-gray cloud – just beyond the door to many county buildings would be history.

The change from simply having smoke-free buildings to no smoking anywhere, at any time, would apply to employees and visitors to county properties.

Ultimately, the ban could include testing employees for tobacco use if they are covered under the county insurance plan.

County workers who were taking a smoke break just outside the county’s downtown complex last week declined to talk about the threatened new rules.

The new “tobacco-free environment” proposal is intended to trim health-care costs and promote healthier lifestyles in the workplace, according to County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry. He sees Read the rest of this entry »

Maricopa County Office of Tobacco and Chronic Disease Won Three Hemmy Awards from the Arizona Public Health Association

September 24, 2012

At it’s annual business meeting, September 20th  the Arizona Public Health Association (AzPHA) awarded Maricopa County Office of Tobacco with three of its 2012 Hemmy Awards.


The Hemmys awarded were:

1st Place: in the Professional Campaign category for the “Calling All Firefighters – Smokeless is not Harmless” initiative Amy Roberts Carolyn Holman



2nd Place: in the Professional, Professional Development category for the Free Dental Online course Carolyn Holman Mark Baer Laurie Thomas Lee Connelly



3rd Place: in the Professional Campaign category for the Maricopa County School Health Index Program (SHI) Connie Weare Lani Gorzen Denise Mika Bonnie Rine

Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease Welcomes New Evaluator

September 18, 2012

BTCD would like to welcome and introduce you all to Brandy McMahon! Brandy is the new evaluator for the tobacco program and comes to us from the Maricopa County Department of Health. Ironically, Brandy is our newest, yet, now veteran evaluator (due to Kristina’s departure) for the bureau. ☺ Below is a brief bio about Brandy. Please join me in welcoming her to our team!

Brandy graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s in Agribusiness, and then journeyed to the Caribbean to attend St. George’s University. She received her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology while there, and enjoyed studying in a school that focused on the international aspect of public health.  When she wasn’t studying, she was taking boats to neighboring islands, “hashing” or hiking the mountains and rain forests of Grenada and making friends with people from around the world.  Once she returned to the States, Brandy worked for a Las Vegas company, pulling together information on critical infrastructure within that state.  She also worked for Maricopa County Office of Vital Records doing death registration, and the Air Quality Department as an inspector.  Brandy enjoyed working for the county, but is excited to be at ADHS.  In her spare time she plays racquetball without following any of the rules and reads as much as she can of whatever she can get my hands on-except horror.

BTCD Chief Wayne Tormala to be on Southwest Prostate Cancer Foundation Radio Show – 9/13 at 10am

September 12, 2012

Tune in to KXXT 1010 AM Thursday, September 13th 2012 from 10:00-11:00 am to catch Bueau Chief Wayne Tormala discussing Prostate Cancer and Men’s Health issues.  Click Here for the Agenda